It would appear that Bon Jovi is wanted, dead or alive, by the audience at this year’s AEG-Barclaycard British Summer Time festival at London’s Hyde Park
London, United Kingdom (July 19, 2013)—Performances by Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones kicked off this year’s AEG-Barclaycard British Summer Time festival at London’s Hyde Park, with Martin Audio’s Multi Cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) delivering sound to crowds of over 65,000.
Historically, Hyde Park concerts have been dogged by offsite noise pollution leading to neighborhood complaints and the need to reduce sound levels on site, meaning that the audience couldn’t hear the performances. The new tenants, AEG/Loud Sound, chose to use Martin Audio’s MLA system to help solve this issue.
The MLA system is capable of maintaining an offsite level beneath the 75 dB threshold, according to Capital Sound technical manager Ian Colville, who designed and supplied the audio infrastructure for the festival. And, as a result of the audio design, complaints from the neighbors were few.
Another key factor in the sound threshold increase was the reorientation of the Hyde Park stage by around 30° from north facing to northwest (directing it away from Park Lane). “The result is that fans positioned out at the perimeter have been able to enjoy an identical sound experience to those at the front of the stage,” said Capital Sound general manager, Paul Timmins. “But walk five yards outside the soundfield and it will vanish.”